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Why ... Why Not?!

Feb 5th 2011 at 8:06 AM

Benjamin Franklin, considered by many to be among the wisest of those that have Benjamin Franklinwalked amongst us, would use a process for making decisions that can be useful to us as well.  When faced with a decision Mr. Franklin would place a large T shape on a piece of paper and then write the words FOR and AGAINST as headings above the horizontal line that formed the T.  He could then list on either side of the vertical line that formed the T the reasons that he should or should NOT consider in his course of action.


FOR                 |            AGAINST



After making as exhaustive a list of reasons on BOTH sides of the T chart he would sort out the weighter issues of price versus value with leanings toward the course of action that had the most reasons on its side.  Often it became very obvious to him in this process that there was an overwhelming number of reasons that pulled him in a certain direction with maybe only a few obstacles listed on the other side.

If the reasons for doing something compelled him to decide in favor of that course of action Mr. Franklin did not generally allow cost to deter him.  While it might take a creative arrangement or marshaling support from others to accomplish the goal, if ol Ben thought it worth doing, he generally figured out a way to make it happen!  We are the beneficiaries of one of the best library systems in the world because Benjamin Franklin thought it was a great idea for people to be able to borrow books!

Next time you are faced with a decision, maybe you could do what Ben would have done.  A process that worked well for someone as wise as ol Ben should still have value for us too!

Much success to you,


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